10 Cities In Louisiana With The Largest Native American Population For 2019


We used data and science to determine the cities in Louisiana with the largest Native American population.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our first time ranking the cities in Louisiana with the largest Native American population.

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There are three major races in America that come to most of our minds right away:

  1. White
  2. Hispanic
  3. African American

But those are only the major races, there’s a whole bunch of other races people are interested in knowing about.

And today, we are going to look at the percent of the population in Louisiana that are Native American.

Native Americans are not a major portion of the current American Population, but they are still very important.

There are now over 2 million people who identify as Native American living in America, making up .65% of the total population. According to the most recent American Community Survey, the Native American population in Louisiana is 24,762 – at 0.5% of the total population of Louisiana.

So, what how does the Native American population stratify across Louisiana? Which cities and towns in Louisiana have seen the greatest increase in their Native American population?

Here are the 10 cities in Louisiana with the largest Native American population in 2019:

  1. Houma (Photos)
  2. Westwego (Photos)
  3. Marksville
  4. Denham Springs (Photos)
  5. DeRidder (Photos)
  6. Morgan City (Photos)
  7. Oakdale (Photos)
  8. Walker
  9. Jennings (Photos)
  10. Leesville (Photos)

Which city in Louisiana had the largest Native American population?

Houma took the number one over all spot for the largest Native American population in Louisiana for 2019. 4.44% of Houma identify as Native American.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

To see where Louisiana ranked as a state on diversity, we have a ranking of the most diverse states in America.

And if you already knew these places were Native American, check out the best places to live in Louisiana or the most diverse places in Louisiana.

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

How We Determined The Cities In Louisiana With The Largest Native American Population For 2019

We still believe in the accuracy of data — especially from the census. So that’s where we went to get the breakdown of race across Louisiana.

That lead us to the Census’s most recently available data, the 2013-2017 American Community Survey data from the US Census.

Specifically, we looked at table B03002: Hispanic OR LATINO ORIGIN BY RACE. Here are the category names as defined by the Census:

  • Hispanic or Latino
  • White alone*
  • Black or African American alone*
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone*
  • Asian alone*
  • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone*
  • Some other race alone*
  • Two or more races*
* Not Hispanic or latino

Our particular column of interest here was the number of people who identified as American Indian and Alaska Native alone.

We limited our analysis to places with a population greater than 5,000 people. That left us with 61 cities.

We then calculated the percent of residents that are American Indian and Alaska Native. The percentages ranked from 4.44% to 0.0%.

Finally, we ranked each city based on the percent of American Indian and Alaska Native population with a higher score being more American Indian and Alaska Native than a lower score. Houma took the distinction of being the most American Indian and Alaska Native, while Zachary was the least Native American city.

Read on for more information on how the cities in Louisiana ranked by population of American Indian and Alaska Native residents or, for a more general take on diversity in America, head over to our ranking of the most diverse cities in America.

Houma, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 33,784
% Native American: 4.44%
# Of Native American Residents: 1,500
Percent Change Since 2010: 34.17%
More on Houma: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Houma is the largest city in and the parish seat of Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana, and the largest principal city of the Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city’s powers of government have been absorbed by the parish, which is now run by the Terrebonne Parish Consolidated Government. The population was 33,727 at the 2010 census, an increase of 1,334 over the 2000 tabulation of 32,393.

Westwego, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 8,557
% Native American: 2.2%
# Of Native American Residents: 188
Percent Change Since 2010: 141.03%
More on Westwego: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Westwego is a city in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, United States, and a suburb of New Orleans. The population was 8,534 at the 2010 census. It lies along the west bank of the Mississippi River.

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 5,519
% Native American: 1.21%
# Of Native American Residents: 67
Percent Change Since 2010: -30.21%
More on Marksville: Real Estate | Data

Marksville is a small city in and the parish seat of Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 5,702 at the 2010 census, an increase of 165 over the 2000 tabulation of 5,537.

Denham Springs, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,066
% Native American: 1.14%
# Of Native American Residents: 115
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Denham Springs: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Denham Springs is a city in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, United States. The 2010 census placed the population at 10,215, up from 8,757 at the 2000 census. The city is the largest area of commercial and residential development in Livingston Parish. As of the 2010 census, Denham Springs and Walker are the only parish municipalities classified as cities.

Deridder, LA

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,995
% Native American: 1.09%
# Of Native American Residents: 120
Percent Change Since 2010: 144.9%
More on Deridder: Real Estate | Data | Photos

DeRidder is a small city in and the parish seat of Beauregard Parish, Louisiana, United States. A small portion of the city extends into Vernon Parish. As of the 2010 census DeRidder had a population of 10,578. It is the smaller principal city of the Fort Polk South-DeRidder CSA, a Combined Statistical Area that includes the Fort Polk South and DeRidder micropolitan areas, which had a combined population of 87,988 at the 2010 census.

Morgan City, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,685
% Native American: 1.09%
# Of Native American Residents: 127
Percent Change Since 2010: -38.94%
More on Morgan City: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Oakdale, LA

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,669
% Native American: 1.02%
# Of Native American Residents: 78
Percent Change Since 2010: -25.71%
More on Oakdale: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 6,266
% Native American: 0.83%
# Of Native American Residents: 52
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Walker: Real Estate | Data

Walker is a city in Livingston Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 6,138 at the 2010 census.

Jennings, LA

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 10,084
% Native American: 0.71%
# Of Native American Residents: 72
Percent Change Since 2010: inf%
More on Jennings: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Jennings is a city in and the parish seat of Jefferson Davis Parish, Louisiana, United States, near Lake Charles. The population was 10,383 at the 2010 census, a small decline from the 2000 tabulation. The city is 68 percent white.

Leesville, LA

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 6,335
% Native American: 0.69%
# Of Native American Residents: 44
Percent Change Since 2010: -46.99%
More on Leesville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

There You Have It – Native American Populations Across Louisiana

If you’re looking for a breakdown of Native American populations across Louisiana according to the most recent data, this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the least Native American places in Louisiana:

  1. Zachary
  2. Mandeville
  3. Jeanerette

For more Louisiana reading, check out:

What Are The Most Native American Places In Louisiana?

Rank City % Native American Population
1 Houma 4.44% 33,784
2 Westwego 2.2% 8,557
3 Marksville 1.21% 5,519
4 Denham Springs 1.14% 10,066
5 Deridder 1.09% 10,995
6 Morgan City 1.09% 11,685
7 Oakdale 1.02% 7,669
8 Walker 0.83% 6,266
9 Jennings 0.71% 10,084
10 Leesville 0.69% 6,335
11 Gretna 0.68% 17,888
12 Minden 0.68% 12,614
13 West Monroe 0.64% 12,874
14 St. Gabriel 0.62% 7,094
15 Plaquemine 0.57% 6,812
16 Lake Charles 0.46% 75,194
17 Natchitoches 0.42% 18,176
18 Bossier City 0.41% 67,511
19 Alexandria 0.4% 47,954
20 Pineville 0.4% 14,381
21 Slidell 0.39% 27,755
22 Shreveport 0.38% 196,217
23 Franklin 0.37% 7,244
24 Breaux Bridge 0.33% 8,291
25 Broussard 0.3% 10,888
26 Ville Platte 0.3% 7,259
27 Patterson 0.28% 6,067
28 Sulphur 0.28% 20,237
29 Carencro 0.24% 8,620
30 Springhill 0.24% 5,054
31 Bogalusa 0.22% 11,852
32 Lafayette 0.22% 126,476
33 Hammond 0.22% 20,325
34 Bastrop 0.22% 10,643
35 Monroe 0.2% 48,938
36 Abbeville 0.19% 12,350
37 Ruston 0.19% 22,154
38 Baton Rouge 0.19% 227,549
39 Opelousas 0.16% 16,480
40 Kenner 0.13% 67,253
41 New Orleans 0.12% 388,182
42 Central 0.09% 28,462
43 Thibodaux 0.08% 14,488
44 New Iberia 0.08% 30,292
45 Eunice 0.06% 10,305
46 Gonzales 0.04% 10,558
47 Crowley 0.0% 13,047
48 Youngsville 0.0% 11,950
49 Baker 0.0% 13,694
50 Covington 0.0% 9,925
51 Tallulah 0.0% 7,013
52 Scott 0.0% 8,784
53 Donaldsonville 0.0% 7,975
54 St. Martinville 0.0% 6,058
55 Harahan 0.0% 9,367
56 Rayne 0.0% 8,079
57 Port Allen 0.0% 5,086
58 Ponchatoula 0.0% 7,015
59 Jeanerette 0.0% 5,465
60 Mandeville 0.0% 12,215
61 Zachary 0.0% 16,879

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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